In case you can’t make it to church this Christmas Eve, here’s a lovely candle lighting liturgy that can inspire you wherever you are. Merry Christmas. I’ll be back in the New Year.
Candle-Lighting Liturgy (Isaiah 9:2-7; Hosea 11:1, 3-4)
We come to proclaim the light of hope. Hope in the promises of God; hope in the power of the Holy Spirit; hope in the person of Jesus Christ. Hope for each of us and hope for all of us.
The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light;
those who lived in a land of deep darkness—
on them light has shined.
We come to proclaim the light of peace. Peace as we trust God’s power; peace as we know the Spirit’s presence; peace as we follow Jesus’ path. Peace within our hearts and peace throughout our world.
For the yoke of their burden,
and the bar across their shoulders,
the rod of their oppressor,
you have broken as on the day of Midian.
For all the boots of the tramping warriors
and all the garments rolled in blood
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